Rational Disagreement: Arguing Your Way to the Right Decision | Big Think

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When you find yourself in a disagreement with someone – whether you are discussing politics or football – you probably tend to view the experience as a waste of time. Humans are stubborn creatures because we need to validate our own egos. That means no one wants to “give in.” We all want to “win” the argument.


However, as Julia Galef, President of the Center for Applied Rationality, says: if you are simply out to “win” an argument and validate your ego, you really aren’t winning much of anything. You are actually missing out on an opportunity for learning and personal growth. 

Here are six ways you can learn to disagree productively


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